Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
  Dr. Fernando Mendoza, M.D., M.P.H.
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"Querer Es Poder..."

Literally, it means desire is power. In other words, you can do anything to which you set your mind. The LMSA-Stanford Chapter strives to promote that idea by providing academic and social support for Latino medical students at Stanford, increasing the number of Latino medical school applicants throughout the country through recruitment, educational programs, and direct involvement in the applicant selection process here at Stanford. LMSA members also support the efforts of organizations such as Arbor Free Clinic in Menlo Park and Pacific Free Clinic in East San Jose which are committed to the improvement of health care in underserved communities. In addition, LMSA members are active in many outreach projects which promote the healthcare of individuals in our community who would otherwise have no access to medical care.

Stanford LMSA History

In the late 1960s, when civil rights and the Chicano movement were at the forefront of California politics, the Latino medical students of Stanford united to form the Stanford Raza Medical Association (SRMA). Among the founding members of this small but influential group was Fernando Mendoza, who remained at Stanford in the Department of Pediatrics following his graduation and went on to become Associate Dean of Minority Advising and Programs. Through the decades, the organization has planned cultural and community events and has advocated for the health of the Latino community. From these humble beginnings, the group flourished into one of the largest, strongest, and most active student groups at Stanford University School of Medicine. SRMA became affiliated with LMSA many years ago, but retained the name of SRMA because of the strong and important history of the organization. In 2002, however, in order to further unite with the other medical schools in the region, the name was changed to LMSA. Today, LMSA-Stanford Chapter remains a strong force in promoting the development of Latino students through education, volunteerism, and professional networking opportunities that foster diversity, higher education, and the improved health of the Latino community.


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